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Why you must plan your Cape Town Wedding now

Dear (soon to be) Bride and Groom

The wedding and event industry has been thrown into a very uncertain period and we are all hoping that it would pass soon.  We love what we do and we miss it!

We have spent the last weeks moving weddings to 2021 and working hard to ensure our clients don’t lose any money.  We are thankful to work with the best service providers who also made this possible.

It is now clear that 2021 is going to be one of the busiest wedding seasons ever!  Weekends at venues in the first half of the year are getting booked up fast and couples have to now consider a weekday to ensure they get a new wedding date.  Or wait another year to get married!

We have in the recent weeks received enquiries and emails from couples that would like to book their weddings in 2021.  They feel hesitant because they don’t want to lose money if they need to move the date due to lockdown rules and possible travel restrictions.  This is understandable.

We want to encourage you.  Plan your 2021 wedding now!  Secure your wedding date,  your favourite venue and your ideal service providers.

We are here to give you peace of mind.  Book our services NOW.  We will help you navigate through uncertain times and ensure you  have your dream wedding in 2021.  No deposits lost if you need to move your wedding date due to lockdown and travel restrictions.  To secure our services we only request a 30% booking fee (instead of 50%).

We are you eyes and ears on the ground and looking forward to plan your dream wedding.

Warm regards,

Niki and Madri – The Event Planners

Image:  ZaraZoo

Destination Wedding at Val de Vie Part II

Destination Wedding at Val de Vie Part II

Couple 

Christiana & Sébastien

Venue

Val de Vie Polo Estate, Paarl, South Africa

See Part I here.

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Thank you to all these amazing service providers:

 

 

An Intimate Wedding at Grande Provence

An Intimate Wedding at Grande Provence

 

Sam and Colin travelled from the UK to celebrate their wedding with their closest friends at the internationally renowned Grande Provence Wine Estate in Franschhoek.  Sam arrived in a classic 1957 Jaguar and was led down the aisle to ‘She‘ by Elvis Costello, played by Werner Denner on saxophone.  It was just picture perfect.

This is a world class venue and the setting for pre-drinks in the Sculpture Garden is something really unique.

The wedding party enjoyed an exquisite five course lunch in the Jonkershuis with live dinner entertainment to add to the already jovial celebrations.

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“It’s very exciting but daunting to be organising a wedding, but when it’s abroad it’s out of your hands to a certain extent. Our main priority was we didn’t want lots of fuss.

I would just like to thank Niki and Madri for their efforts and organisation prior to and during the wedding. While it was an intimate day, all the elements needed to be in place and I can honestly say that you both ensured that  it was perfect in every way.  The team that you pulled together for the flowers, photos, ceremony, cake and of course the music complemented the beautiful venue of Grande Provence.

It is certainly a day that will cherish and remember for the rest of our lives… very, very special.

Thank you both once again for helping to make it all seem so effortless.

Colin & Sam xx”

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Thank you to all these amazing service providers:

 

 

Destination Wedding in Franschhoek

Destination Wedding in Franschhoek

 

We recently coordinated an a destination wedding in Franschhoek at the beautiful La Petite Dauphine.  Karin and Johan flew to SA from Sweden with their close family members (12 in total) to celebrate their union in the most exquisite of settings.  The images say more than words could ever describe:  the love between these two people and their family is a treasure.   Congratulations Karin and Johan!  We wish you all the best for you future and hope you spend many happy family holidays in South Africa.

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A destination wedding in Franschhoek

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Thank you to these amazing services providers:

 

 

Weekend Wedding in the Cederberg

Weekend Wedding in the Cederberg

Elephant Leisure in Citrusdal is a long treasured destination for the traveller who seeks the road less travelled and some solitary bliss. The perfect place for a weekend wedding. There is just too much joy, emotion and excitement crammed into too few hours and that’s why they encourage their guests to consider a weekend celebration on their beautiful property.

Situated at the foot of the Olifants mountains it boasts majestic views of the Olifants river valley and the Cederberg. As company you’ll have a multitude of bird species happily singing their songs for you, while a lazy breeze may rustle the fynbos and trees.

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Here are the weekend wedding “must do’s”:

1.  Location location location

A destination or weekend wedding will take extra planning and travelling for your guests.  Make sure the location of your ideal wedding venue is practical for everyone.

2.  Give your guests ample warning

Even if it is just by a Save the Date email or and informal verbal warning, make sure the people you want there the most know about your wedding plans long in advance in order for them to plan and budget appropriately.

3.  Create your own wedding website filled with information about things to do in the area, nearby shops, shuttle services (if necessary), what to pack, a detailed schedule of events, alternative activities and services available. 

4.  A thoughtful and necessary touch is to put welcome packs in the rooms, filled with essentials for the stay, such as suntan lotion, water, mosquito repellant, a sarong for the ladies and a hat for the gentleman, flip flops…

5.  If you are inviting children supply babysitters, entertainment and special meals.  Teenagers can be counted in with the adults.

6.  Consider hiring the services of a wedding planner who knows the venue or at least the area and it’s service providers.  This will take a lot of stress off your shoulders!

7.  Plan events for the whole weekend.  Your guests are travelling far and it is your duty to ensure they are comfortable and cared for during their stay. Weekend weddings include an informal “rehearsal dinner” on the night before (Friday) – this can be a really fun evening where guests can unwind and get to know each other.  The next day would normally be the wedding day (Saturday) and to finish the celebrations offer a brunch the morning after before everyone leaves.

8. If you are hiring musicians, a photographer/videographer and a DJ, you’ll be responsible for their travel expenses and accommodation. They don’t have to stay at the same venue but make sure that their accommodation is practical and nearby.

9.  You don’t have to pay for your guests accommodation or travel, but if you can, do consider paying for the guests that cannot afford it and who are really important for you to have there.

10.  If you have guests that are staying at nearby venues, provide a shuttle to transport them to the special events during the weekend.  Make sure everyone has a schedule of events and knows when the pick-up times will be.

Lastly, do not spend a fortune on decor and flowers.  A venue such as Elephant Leisure is beautiful already and doesn’t need much.  Make it special in other ways, such as touches to the rooms (eg, a bottle of wine from the area in the fridge), fantastic food and memorable moments and activities.

Images:  Forever September Photography

A Marriage Proposal in Cape Town

A Marriage Proposal in Cape Town

 

We absolutely love it when we are asked to help plan a marriage proposal in Cape Town! The options are endless and the first thing to do is find that perfect spot.  In this case I think we nailed it!  Our dashing groom-to-be, Jonathan… wanted an experience that would be a lasting memory, down to the exact song to be played as he got onto one knee.  And it all had to happen on the 31st of December.

Our photographer, Carla from BlueCheri Photography, accompanied the couple on their trip from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town to the breathtaking Lothian House in Elgin.  This a private residence that can be hired for weddings, events… and now proposals.  They had the entire property to themselves and as you will see by the pictures, they made good use of it.

As they enjoyed lunch, prepared by a private chef, they were serenaded by Ike Moriz and his band.  Just as planned, as dessert was served, Ike sang ‘You Make Me Feel So Young‘ by Frank Sinatra and Jonathan made his move!

Jonathan and Amy were then able to relax a bit and make use of the venue’s jacuzzi, swimming pool and jet skis before being flown back to the waterfront by Cape Town Helicopters.

 

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Thank you to everyone who made this day so special and we wish the newly engaged couple all the blessings in the world.  Now for the wedding planning to start!!